4 best NFL free agents available and potential landing spots

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Training camps are winding down across the NFL as there are only a couple of weeks remaining in the preseason. Roster cuts have already begun and there are more that will take place in the coming weeks leading up to the regular season. For veteran players that remain unsigned, they sometimes tend to wait until after training camp to sign with a new team to avoid the rigors of training camp and the preseason.

There is still a decent group of players that are free agents at this time in the offseason. Whether it be due to injury or a team isn’t content with their current situation, they could look to add a free agent before the regular season kicks off. With weeks to go until Week 1 begins, here are five of the best free agents still available and potential landing spots for each of them.

K.J. Wright

It’s really peculiar to see K.J. Wright still available this late in the offseason. Wright is coming off of one of his best seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, where he logged 86 combined tackles, 10 pass deflections, two sacks, an interception, and two fumble recoveries.

Not many guys could put up those numbers while operating next to an All-Pro linebacker like Bobby Wagner. While Wright turned 32 years old in July, he’s still more than capable of being a consistent source of production at outside linebacker. Maybe a reunion with the Seahawks is still a possibility as the regular season looms?

Potential landing spots: Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles Rams, Cincinnati Bengals

Russell Okung

Teams across the NFL are always in need of starting offensive linemen or depth at each of the positions up front. Given that, it’s somewhat surprising to see Russell Okung remain without a team right now. Okung is a two-time Pro Bowler that has played for three different teams in the past five seasons after spending the first six years of his career with the Seahawks.

The 32-year-old left tackle has been limited to 13 starts over the past two seasons, but he could still address a need for quite a few teams.

Potential landing spots: Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Vikings

Mitchell Schwartz

Back in Super Bowl 55 between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Patrick Mahomes was running for his life. Kansas City’s offensive line was ravaged by injuries, so backups were attempting to keep Mahomes upright.

After a disastrous game in which Mahomes was hit often, the Chiefs elected to overhaul their entire offensive line, even Mitchell Schwartz. Schwartz had started in 134 consecutive games for the Cleveland Browns and the Chiefs before suffering an injury in 2020. Any team that needs a former All-Pro offensive tackle would be remiss to not give Schwartz an opportunity.

Potential landing spots: Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Vikings

Austin Reiter

Another offensive lineman of the Chiefs that was surprisingly let go this offseason was Austin Reiter. Reiter started in 28 games at the center position for Kansas City over the past two seasons, helping them win a Super Bowl in 2019.

Instead of bringing back Reiter, the Chiefs elected to select Creed Humphrey in the 2021 NFL Draft and sign veteran Austin Blythe. Reiter played in 867 offensive snaps in 2020 and didn’t record a single penalty or allow a single sack, per PFF. There are a few teams that could use a reliable center in 2021 and Reiter is definitely the best one available right now.

Potential landing spots: Los Angeles Rams, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans